Jess Williamson is the Course Leader of BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear course. Previously the technical lecturer on the course and at Middlesex University teaching pattern cutting and construction skills. Originally from New Zealand, she has been living in London for over a decade, mainly working for concept-led fashion sportswear brand Cottweiler, including their Reebok collaborations. She has also worked freelance for a variety of London-based brands including Christopher Raeburn, Martine Rose, Faustine Steinmetz and Ashley Williams. She focuses on fostering industry connections and collaborative opportunities for students and encourages them to explore different technologies including Clo in their practice.
At the heart of Mikha’s professional practice is “how sustainable can I make this?” and with experience of running sample rooms prior to graduating from the London College of Fashion with an MA in Design Management for the Fashion Industry, Mikha is currently overseeing the production process at Christopher Raeburn as well as teaching on MA Innovative Fashion Production. Her current global sourcing and knowledge of a range of manufacturing is invaluable, and special areas of interest include sportswear and technical fabrics.
Lindsey is the Programme Director for the Product Programme and also Learning & Teaching Coordinator, focusing on cross-school collaborations. Lindsey has a first-class honours degree in Fashion Design and is currently taking MA Academic Practice. Lindsey spent over thirty years in the fashion trend forecasting industry specialising in footwear and leather trends. As Fashion Director and co. owner of trend consultancy Insight ltd. she travelled extensively, researching, guest speaking and working on special projects with a worldwide list of clients. As a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glovers she co-organises the National Glove Design Competition.
Claudine Rousseau is the former Programme Director at LCF and Now Head of Atelier at Rapha, who returns as visiting lecturer. She has worked in the fashion industry for over twenty years, initially as a womenswear designer overseas and then as a design interpreter, both for an innovative design consultancy and as a freelancer. Brands she has worked with include PUMA, Hussein Chalayan, Adidas, Levi’s, Nike ACG. Claudine currently collaborates on projects with Rapha Cycling and Christopher Raeburn. Her research interests encompass how clothing can enhance performance, both professionally and recreationally, from both physiological and psychological perspectives.
Alasdair Leighton-Crawford is a former professional rower, London-based trained tailor and sportswear designer and maker. He is a technical product developer working for brands such as McLaren Racing, Crewroom and Paramo. He uses software such as Clo3d and Blender to pattern cut and render designs digitally.
Ismini Krassismenou is a performance sportswear designer, currently the head of adult apparel design and development at OuterStuff, a brand that develops collections for the NBA, NFL and US Olympic Committee. When teaching on Fashion Sportswear she specialises in Adobe Illustrator, spec drawings and technical specification packs.
Georgina Hunt is a sportswear designer who worked under ex-Nike Creative Director Phil Dickinson at his conceptual sportswear studio for 4 years. Now freelancing in the industry, Georgina specialises in concept design within the sportswear and streetwear market with a reputation for bringing energy, collaboration and a fusion between sportswear and streetwear into her client work. Working with brands such as Palace Skateboards, Richard James, Fila and Footlocker, Georgina introduces new ways which inject cultural points of the past and youth cultures of today into product design.
Kiran Gobin joined the UAL community in 2021 as a Lecturer for BA Fashion Sportswear from his post as Senior Lecturer Fashion, Manchester School of Art. As alumni of LCF studying FDT Womenswear (2009 undergrad) & Creative Pattern cutting (2012 postgrad) he has twinned his academic career and industry practice in tandem. Upon graduating, Kiran embarked upon a 10-year career as Head of Atelier and business shareholder for the cult and much revered London brand Martine Rose. Alongside this, he has designed and developed catwalk collections for Charlotte Olympia, Emilio De La Morena, LAAIN, Rapha Cycling and Le Col Cycling.
Collaborative working and the importance of world/outsider art & design practices gives understanding to the positioning of his work, and future outputs aims to move this discourse on this forward. This interest has seen him travel to Central Asia to lead community projects with SPINNA and USAid for the empowerment of female artisans in the region. As a practicing creative and educator, his excitement lies in cultural and historical symbolism. He believes strongly in lifting the veil between classroom and the professional studio, whilst upholding the rigour of design education in inclusive and diverse environments. Kiran is the author of the 2nd edition of ‘Construction for Fashion Design’ (Bloomsbury, 2017) and is also a member of FACE (Fashion Academics Creating Equality). He is also a mentor for London based LGBTQ+ youth charity, MOSAIC.
Eddy Harber studied fashion design and completed a master's degree in industrial design. He worked with Italian manufacturer, Dainese S.p.A., to design protective leathers for motorcycle riders. His designs were so well received he was recruited by the British and American military to create wearable computers for the infantry and subsequently, body armour and load carriage systems.
During a lecture tour about industrial design at Cornell University, Harber was approached by Nike and offered a position as a senior designer on their Apparel Innovation team.
Nicknamed by friends, "the architect of speed," Harber's Swift Suit for Nike was revolutionary. The impact the Swift Suit had (and continues to have) on professional athletic performance was significant. "The Swift Suit was a game changer", he says. "It was the first time Nike apparel became equipment and had a measurable effect on performance, especially in speed skating."
For over 18 years, Harber continued working for Nike to create garments that alter what is possible for professional athletes. Harber's work has been extensively published and exhibited internationally.
Karen Colhoun is the Specialist Technician on the BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear course. She joined LCF in 2022 from the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, where Karen was the technician for Fashion Design BA (Hons) course for 7 years. She graduated from Nottingham Trent University and worked in theatre and within the garment construction industry for 12 years.